A friend of mine is riding a motorcycle across China for charity.
The bike he rides is China’s famous Chang Jiang sidecar model, pictured here in Zhejiang province about two weeks ago. Since then Chris has had the bike repaired innumerable times, crossed the Three Gorges Dam, rode through Yeti country in Hubei (forbidden for foreigners), seen a Muslim funeral and a noodle factory, and met many a kind-hearted stranger. His goal is to reach Xining, Qinghai.
Chris is riding to raise awareness and money for Hands on Shanghai’s Rising Stars program, which helps students from migrant worker families in Shanghai by pairing them with young tutors and mentors from more affluent circumstances. Sort of like a Big Brother/Sister foundation for Shanghai’s poor. You can donate by visiting Chris’s website.
His trip reminds me of an editor at our own paper who is currently walking to Tibet.